Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:7
Let us begin today’s reflection with this song: “Until I wear my crown, until I wear my crown, I will never ever stop my journey half way until I wear my crown.” Dear Child of God you are in a race and this race has a reward, the crown of glory. Once you enter in a football competition, it is your desire to lift the trophy, what about entering a boxing competition; it will be your desire to win the championship belt. If you enter into the institution of higher learning, it will be your desire to be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. Like St. Paul our focus should to earn the crown of glory. We must not lose focus of it. As soon as our focus wavers our noblest pursuit of God will begin to wane or decrease. We will begin to take godly matters and spiritual things for granted. This is the encouragement we receive from Revelation 2:10, “Don’t be afraid of anything you are about to suffer. Listen! The Devil will put you to the test by having some of you thrown into prison, and your troubles will last for ten days. Be faithful to me, even if it means death, and I will give you life as your prize of victory.” The word of God says that even if you have to die, you will be given life; this is the prize of our dedication to God. It is the trophy, the championship belt, the best certificate. Peter had a taste of what the crown of glory is like at the Transfiguration of the Lord and he exclaimed in Matthew 17:14: “So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Friend, your relationship with God determines whether you will wear the crown or not. This message of God will not be complete without reminding us that what we are doing till we breathe our last is necessary. It does not matter how good you have been in the past but how you are sustaining the good till your last day on earth. The focus therefore O child of God should be how well we will finish the race; all efforts must be on the end. When God called Rev. Fr. Stephen Njoku, everybody was in shock. To us we queried God, ‘O my God, your son is still in active service.” But thank God that when he was called, he was still with the hands on the plough. In Luke 9:62 Jesus admonishes us: “Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plough and then keeps looking back is of no use to the Kingdom of God.” Are you ready? Should the trumpet sound now, are going to be given this crown? The best way to prepare for the crown of glory is to be ready always. Wearing the crown should bother you more than winning a presidential election, it should give you concern more than acquiring a PhD degree. It should preoccupy your interest more than saving for a rainy day. Have you stopped making efforts towards gaining the crown of glory? You were a very devout and committed Christian, a very zealous preacher of the gospel, a very decent girl, a very morally upright boy. You used to be a very faithful husband or wife upholding all the vows of marriage, a widow with dignity; a very honest business person. You were very active worker in the vineyard. What is happening to you now? Do you not know that the devil wants to deny you of the crown?
Dear Child of God, purpose it in your heart, to always focus on the crown of glory. When you do this, each day will become an opportunity to do good work. You will no longer be tired, discouraged or become disinterested with the race of eternity. O! What a joy will fill your heart on that day. Keep your hope of the crown always alive.
- Father, forgive me for neglecting to focus on the crown of life every day of my life.
- Dear Lord, give me the grace to follow you till the end of my life.
- Pray that every child of God should be conscious of the reward which Christian race has to offer and work towards it.
Exercise: Draw the crown of glory in your heart and always declare daily that I will wear it at the end of my life here on earth.
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:10.